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Friday, 3 February 2012

A Date for Your Diary !

Drawing on All Resources: developing open educational practice in art, design and media
Faculty of Arts, University of Brighton
Wednesday 16 May 2012

The Subject Centre traditionally organises an Annual Forum in May. In recent years we have held these at RIBA in London, The Custard Factory in Birmingham and The Lowry in Salford. This year we are planning an event at the Faculty of Arts here at the University of Brighton.

Drawing on All Resources looks to build on the important work we, and our partners, have undertaken on online teaching and learning materials specifically open educational resources (OERs) and practices.  The day aims to present work that has been taking place and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities that are emerging from the development of open educational practice.

The programme is currently being drafted, and we can confirm keynote speaker, Paul Gerhardt, Archives for Creativity,  Tim Seal, SCORE, Open University and a range of presenters from across the sector.

We will be posting more information on the event in coming weeks

CALL - for paper to Designs on eLearning Conference

Cloud and Crowd: Towards a collaborative future
University of the Arts, London
5, 6 and 7 September 2012

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 20 April 2012

The eighth Designs on E-Learning international conference in the use of technology for teaching and learning in art, design and communication. 

Conference Themes: 
  • Social Media
  • The Studio and Technology
  • Digital Literacy
  • User Generated Content
  • Collaboration and Community Building
  • Sustainability 

The format of the conference will be innovative, with barcamps, streamed sessions, discussions, performances and creative work. They are particularly interested in submissions by artists, museums and galleries and those involved in Art and Design practice in education.


EVENT - The lecturer’s perspective: an analysis of the feedback practices of academic staff
Mile End campus, Queen Mary, University of London
13 February 2012

The fifth seminar in the 2011/12 educational research seminars series run by the Learning Institute at QMUL, presents the results of a study designed to better understand the feedback practices of academic staff at a UK research-led institution, a key finding of which is that an individual’s understanding of the purpose of feedback has a strong influence on their practice.

EVENT - A student centred approach to developing the content, delivery, and assessment of Research Process modules: Insights and evaluations of student retention
Cardiff Metropolitan University
22 February 2012

This event is being hosted as part of the Higher Education Academy's Workshop and Seminar Series 2012.

EVENT - 9,000 Ways to Engage: SLTN Annual Conference
Birmingham City University (City North Campus)

28 February 2012

The Student Learning and Teaching Network (SLTN) Conference will be focusing on the diversity of initiatives, projects and opportunities that students can get involved in during their time at University.
With the fees rise on the horizon, the SLTN want to continue promoting a positive attitude to getting involved in Learning and Teaching, and encouraging students to creatively engage with their Institution instead of conceding to the increasingly 'consumer' stance.


The one day conference will encourage delegates to share their experiences of active student engagement at their home institutions, bringing together “9,000 Ways to Engage” through the course of the day.
They welcome staff to their events, but strongly encourage them to bring along interested students.
EVENT - Widening Access to Higher Education: 
Scottish, UK and European Policy Dimensions
School of Education, University of Edinburgh
1 March 2012

This seminar will disseminate findings drawn from the EU Sixth Framework Project Lifelong Learning Policy and Practice in Europe (LLL2010), which ran from 2005 – 2011. The project involved 12 European countries and Russia and investigated various aspects of lifelong learning policy and practice, including higher education, adult education and workplace learning.  The potential of lifelong learning to promote social inclusion as well as economic growth was a major focus of the study.

EVENT - Collaboration in the new HE landscape
Woburn House, London

1 March 2012

The English HE Sector is rightly proud of its world- class reputation including its commitment to widening access and participation, employer engagement and local and regional regeneration. A crucial element in achieving these goals is the strength of partnership working and collaboration between Higher Education Institutes and Further Education Colleges. Many of these partnerships have strong historical roots and are critical in facilitating participation in HE by under-represented and disadvantaged groups, and meeting the skills and knowledge needs of employers and employees. However, the introduction of contested 'quota' funding is placing these partnerships under severe strain.

This Conference, organised by the Association of Colleges (AoC), Universities UK  and GuildHE, aims to explore jointly common problems and issues and identify new models of collaboration that will work in a more market-orientated system.

EVENT - What Works? Student Retention & Success Conference 2012
University of York

28 - 29 March 2012 

This two-day conference will take a research-informed approach to answering the question 'what works' to improve student retention and success in higher education.

EVENT - AoC Annual HE in FE Conference 2012

Holiday Inn, Kings Cross, London

29 March 2011 

The Association of Colleges (AoC) conference will explore the significant changes higher education is undergoing particularly the challenges faced by colleges as they seek to ensure more people can benefit from local, flexible and affordable HE. Workshops will include presentations on the information needs of the new market, the emerging regulatory framework, funding HE teaching, external quality assurance, and higher level skills policy.
EVENT - 'Future Directions' conference - Graduates For Our Future

Glyndŵr University, Wrexham

26 April 2012

Wales’ first national Learning and Teaching Conference.
The focus of the inaugural conference will be to showcase and celebrate the first Wales-wide quality enhancement theme, Graduates For Our Future, and its three work strands: Students as Partners; Learning in Employment; and Learning for Employment.

CALL – for papers to Reflecting on our achievements – What’s next for technology-enhanced learning and teaching?
The Fielder Centre, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield
13 -  14 June 2012

Deadline for papers: 29 February 2012

The Seventh International Blended Learning Conference will provide a unique opportunity to hear from a wide variety of work associated with the JISC Curriculum Design and Delivery projects, moving beyond the initial outcomes to the stories of embedding innovation. 

They welcome proposals/abstracts relating to innovation and institutional enhancement and suggested themes include: Changing and enhancing practices with digital literacies; Technology-enhanced assessment and feedback; Curriculum design; Open educational resources.

CALL – for applications to attend SCORE OER Residential Course 
The Open University
18 – 23 March 2012

Closing date for applications: 2 March 2012

The Support Centre for Open Resources in Education (SCORE) is inviting applications for the OER Residential Course, which is free to HEFCE funded institutes. Previously known as the Short-term Fellowship, the SCORE OER Residential Course is an intensive, one-week course providing education specialists with the foundational knowledge needed to engage with Open Educational Resources (OER).  The course is designed for those with little or no experience of OER and provides a practical grounding in both creation and use of OER.

CALL – for proposals to 17th Annual SEDA Conference
Aston Business School, Birmingham
15 - 16 November 2012

Deadline for Contributions: 30 April 2012

The theme for the 2012 Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) Conference, is Excellence in Teaching: recognising, enhancing, evaluating and achieving impact. They invite proposals for sessions exploring aspects of excellence in teaching.


Thursday, 2 February 2012

CALL - for Visual Essays to International Journal of Education through Art

The International Journal of Education through Art is seeking submissions for visual essays.

The journal is interdisciplinary in its reflection of teaching and learning contexts and also in its representation of artistic approaches and practices. It provides a platform for those who wish to question and evaluate the ways in which art education is practiced, disseminated and interpreted across a diverse range of educational contexts. Each issue consists of peer-reviewed articles and image-text features, or visual essays.

Visual essays or image/text-based submissions, should integrate image and text in a creative way to document, evaluate or reflect on art-based learning activities, events or outcomes. Think of it as an exploration of a topic that conveys ideas and meaning through visual means as well as language. It is important to note that they view visual essays as equal in academic status to traditional text based articles. 

For more information download the pdf at:

CALL – for papers to workshop: Nature and the natural in the humanities

Nature and the natural in the humanities: Teaching for environmental sustainability
University of Birmingham
27 April 2012

Deadline for submissions: 1 March 2012

Climate change and environmental degradation are often described as the pressing concerns of the current generation. This workshop aims to explore ways in which lecturers in the humanities can engage with these issues through the study of literature, language, religion, philosophy, history and art.

Relationships between humans, the environment, nature and landscape are themes throughout human history in literature, philosophy, art and religion through struggles with and over nature.  The environment and non-human actors play a key role in religions as objects of worship, sacrifice, uncleanness, food (both permitted and prohibited) and designated sacred spaces. In historical terms the natural environment has informed national identity, foundation myths and is seen as a source of economic prosperity and culture.

This workshop will explore how these themes might inform the university curriculum in the humanities.

EVENT - Arts Education at the Crossroad of Cultures

InSEA 2012  European Regional Conference
Lemesos, Cyprus
25-27 June 2012

More than 250 scholars, researchers and educators of the Arts from 54 different countries covering the 5 continents of the world have submitted proposals for the InSEA European Conference. Participants are expected to exceed 500! The theme of the Conference is Arts Education in the Crossroad of Cultures.

Arts education should be in a constant process of redefining its scope, goals and processes given our rapidly changing world that is defined by globalization, the mobility of cultures and information and communication technologies. This process of redefinition can be achieved through reflective practice whereby educators, arts specialists, and academics can meet to discuss, share and exchange ideas.

The purpose of the Conference is to serve as a meeting forum for people who have these issues at the core of their academic or practical work. The contributors will use a variety of forms to communicate their ideas - through presentations, workshops, posters, and panel discussions in addressing the following themes: Arts and Cultural Identities, Arts and Society, Arts and Audiences, Learning in and through Arts in the 21st Century and Education Policy Making and Arts. The Conference will also host a variety of cultural events.

InSEA (International Society for Education through Art) and CySEA (Cyprus Society for Education through Arts) in collaboration with the European Parliament Office in Cyprus and Frederick University, invite scholars and people interested in Arts Education to attend the conference.

Furthermore, the Conference has been included as one of the official events within the framework of the Cypriot Presidency of the EU during the  second half of 2012 and participants will have the opportunity to enjoy Cypriot culture with its characteristic warm hospitality, the delicious food and the beautiful Mediterranean climate in the coastal city of Lemesos, the island’s second largest city. 

For more information on the congress please go to:  http://www.insea2012.org/

CALL - for papers to Art, Criticism and the Forces of Globalization Conference

Art, Criticism and the Forces of Globalization
Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton and Tate Liverpool
10 – 14 September 2012

Deadline for abstracts: 1 March 2012

This conference, organized jointly by Winchester School of Art, Tate Liverpool and the Archives of Art Criticism at the University of Rennes, seeks to investigate the historical and contemporary relations of art production and critical writing in the era of globalization. The Liverpool Biennale, opening at the time of the conference, is also focused on a global theme, ‘hospitality in all its dimensions,’ and will be integrated into the programme.

You are invited to submit a title and 100 word abstract for twenty minute papers (please see website for more information).

Off to an event soon?

We welcome evaluative reports on events you have attended in the UK or overseas and we publish these in Networks.  We would be particularly pleased to receive event reports that relate specifically to teaching and learning in art, design and media higher education, but also reports that evaluate generic teaching and learning events from a disciplinary perspective.  Bear in mind that these items should be of broad interest to colleagues outside of your own institution and provide an insight into debates raised and developments presented for colleagues who were unable to attend. 

Event reports can be up to around 1000 words in length.  Remember to include your name and institution, the title of the event, venue, date and any links to further information. It would also be helpful if you could include an image (300dpi).

There's no fee sadly - just the satisfaction of sharing your experience...

For more information about Networks submissions see: http://arts.brighton.ac.uk/projects/networks/submissions

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

NEWS - launch of new research centre: the Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design & Media

The Winchester Centre for Global Futures in Art Design and Media highlights historical, contemporary and future roles for art, design and media within globalization. Its members build sustained collaborations with international partners in public service, the creative industries and civil society. Critically concerned with art and design practices of making, thinking and representation, the Winchester Centre actively engages in education and enterprise, exploring the contribution of media, materials and technologies to the improvement of human societies globally.

All fellows of the Winchester Centre are staff of the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton; associate fellowships are open to researchers from other institutions or none. Founded by four professors, the Centre invites staff of the School to apply to join as fellows, and scholars, artists and others to apply to join as associate fellows.

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

CALL – for papers to Transitions 3 symposium

Transitions 3
School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, London
3 November 2012

Deadline for abstracts: 30 July 2012

Transitions 3 is a one-day symposium promoting new research and multi-disciplinary academic study of comics/ comix/ manga/ bande dessinée and other forms of sequential art.

The symposium is devoted to promoting new research into comics in all their forms. Rather than restricting itself to a specific theme, the symposium will highlight research from postgraduate students and early career lecturers bringing together different perspectives and methodologies, whether cultural, historical, or formal, thereby mapping new trends and providing a space for dialogue and further collaboration to emerge.

Transitions 3 is part of Comica 2012, the London International Comics Festival, and is organised in association with Birkbeck, University of London, the Schools of Film and Television Studies and American Studies at the University of East Anglia, Studies in Comics, European Comic Art, the Contemporary Fiction Seminar and The Comics Grid.

Dr. Roger Sabin, Reader in Popular Culture at Central St. Martins, will once again act as respondent.

The organisers welcome abstracts of 250-300 words for twenty minute papers, to be submitted to Hallvard, Nina and Ed at transitions.symposium@gmail.com 

EVENT - The state of play: next steps for the UK video games industry

Central London
22 March 2012

This seminar is part of the Westminster Media Forum Creative Industries Seminar Series. It will look at the future for the games industry in the UK, with sessions included on the challenging economics of game development, the role of government in supporting the sector as well as emerging options for the industry to exploit new revenue streams. 

Planned sessions examine how the games industry - comprising a highly skilled workforce and claimed to be contributing more to UK GDP than both film and music - can be taken more seriously as a leading force in the digital economy and how to ensure the next generation of developers and programmers are delivered by schools, colleges and universities.

Monday, 30 January 2012

Art Design and Media Student Award 2012 - competition closes this Friday

A reminder to staff and students that the closing date for entries for this year’s Student Award is Friday, 3 February 2012.
The award, now in its seventh year, provides a unique opportunity for students to showcase their work alongside an extensive range of UK institutions to a global audience.
Students are being asked to focus on their experiences of learning in art, design and media and submit an image or piece of multimedia (visual / audio / film / etc) accompanied by a short statement (maximum 200 words) that reflects the epiphanies, inspirations, enablers and opportunities that are part of the experience of higher education.
Submissions will not be formally assessed; all suitable work will be displayed in Networks issue 17, to be published in April 2012. The winner and runner up will be selected via an online voting system.
The winning entry will be eligible for the prize of £300 and the runner up £100.
For full entry details and guidelines please go to: Networks 15 Art Design and Media Student Award 2012 www.adm.heacademy.ac.uk/networks/networks-autumn-2011/news/reflect-on-learning-experiences-in-art-design-and-media